Morainic foothills are a defining geographic feature of Prosecco and their composition is vital to the production of great wines that are made there.
Monfumo (pictured above) is one on the greatest places to grow grapes for Prosecco. And there are a number of reasons for this.
Note the classic formation of morainic hills that jut out of the landscape.
They were formed by the debris of melting glaciers in prehistoric times.
These “mounds” of rocks are ideal for the cultivation of fine wine grapes because they offer excellent drainage, thus forcing the vines to dig deeper into the soil in search of the water table and as a result giving more vigor to the plants themselves.
Some believe that the rocks themselves give the wines their characteristic minerality. Of course, it’s been disproven time and time again that rocks actually impart their flavors to the wines. But there’s no doubt that the growing conditions are ideal for mineral-driven expressions of Prosecco like the ones that Bele Casel produces.
But they are also important because they provide superb hillside exposure. If you look at a topographic map of Prosecco, you’ll see that these hills are part of chain that runs from the northeast to the southwest on a more-or-less diagonal line.
This is ideal for the cultivation of fine wine grapes because it offers exposure to the rising sun to the east.
The shot above was taken from Bele Casel’s Monfumo vineyards in the tiny hamlet of Monfumo (in Asolo township). Not only is it one of the best places in the appellation to grow fine wine grapes, it is also jaw-droppingly beautiful!
The Monfumo vineyard is the site of some of the oldest vines in the Bele Casel family of growing sites. It’s arguably its top “cru” or single-vineyard designation and it’s the main source for its flagship Colfòndo (col fondo) wine.